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Should smoking be illegalised?

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Started: 5/8/2015 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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First round is for acceptance and a single sentence statement.
Round 5 is for conclusion and the only new content for round 5 and possibly some sources that back-up prior arguments please.

Rules are pretty much no target-bullying or anything of the likes. If you use a source for your argument for anything but to check prior knowledge I ask that it is either cited or mentioned at the bottom of your argument. Thank you and good luck, I'm looking forward to debating with you.

I believe smoking should be illegalised.


Challenge accepted. I am looking forward to hearing your arguments. Good luck.
Debate Round No. 1


Many start with the health risks of the smoker alone, I am going to begin with the health risk of non-smokers.

On average 42 000 lives are lost each year due to passive (also known as second-hand) smoking in America alone and of this 900 infants are lost a year. "Altogether, that's 600,000 years of potential life lost an average of 14.2 years for each non-smoker who has died prematurely as a result of someone else's smoking amounting to $6.6 billion in lost productivity." states LiveScience [ paragraph 2].

Children are extremely vulnerable when it come to second hand smoking.
"Passive smoking is a cause of sudden unexpected death in infants (SUDI), which includes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and fatal sleep accidents.
A child who lives in a smoking household for the first 18 months of their life has an increased risk of developing a range of respiratory illnesses, including bronchitis, bronchiolitis and pneumonia. They are also more prone to getting colds, coughs and glue ear (middle ear infections). Their lungs show a reduced ability to function and slower growth.
A child exposed to second-hand smoke in the home is more likely to develop asthma symptoms, have more asthma attacks and use asthma medications more often and for a longer period. "
[Better health Victoria, ]

Even unborn children are at risk, with a higher risk of miscarriage and a premature birth it is still possible, as infants, they could still hold the risk of sudden unexpected death in infants (SUDI), which includes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and fatal sleep accidents.


There is no way for me to win this argument by making out that smoking is in some way beneficial to a smokers health, or less harmful than many make out. It is widely documented and commonly believed that smoking increases your chances of getting cancer, or other respiratory and heart diseases. Instead, I aim to look at the cultural and economic side of the debate.

Firstly, smoking is a huge part of western culture. In Great Britain, 22% of men and 17% of women regard themselves as smokers. Although, this figure was much higher around 40 years ago (51% men and 41% women). In the US, 17.8% of over 18's are smokers. The figures are even higher across the rest of Western Europe. I believe that making smoking illegal would fail in the same way, and for the same reasons, that the prohibition of alcohol failed between 1919 and 1933.

Unlike controlled drugs, most of which were made illegal shortly after their widespread introduction in society, smoking tobacco has its roots deep set in our culture. Unlike other illegal substances, smoking tobacco does not cause anti-social behaviour, or lead to violence or mental health issues. The research is out there for society to make their own personal decision as to whether they want to smoke or not. It should not be for the government to dictate whether people can smoke or not.

Secondly, the smoking industry benefits the US and other western countries economically. In 2012. the tobacco industry spent $9.6 Billion dollars on marketing. in 2012, US tobacco farms produced 800 million pounds of tobacco. These farms provide a livelihood for a huge number Americans. During this economic crisis, the government can not afford to take away these farmers livelihoods. Tobacco sales also bring in over $17.6 Billion in tax revenue. Money that can then be spent on improving public services.
Debate Round No. 2


"Unlike other illegal substances, smoking tobacco does not cause... or lead to... mental health issues"
I am going to have to pull you up on that fact;
Nicotine, once taken in from a cigarette, takes only 10 seconds to reach the brain. Regular doses of nicotine causes changes in the brain and, when the supply is withdrawn, can lead to nicotine withdrawal symptoms. According to major nicotine withdrawal symptoms are;
"Urges to smoke
"Depressed mood
"Difficulty sleeping or sleep disturbances
"Irritability, frustration or anger
"Difficulty concentrating
"Decreased heart rate
"Increased appetite (hunger) or weight gain
"Decreased adrenaline and cortisol (brain chemicals) [ ]

Research has discovered that smoking does not relieve anxiety and stress but, under the impression it relaxes and relieves you by the nicotine, increases this. In the UK alone twice the number of people with depression smoke then those with depression who do not and those with schizophrenia are three times more likely to smoke then not and are commonly heavy smokers.

Many claim they smoke to relieve the tension of these mental illnesses but most do not gain the symptoms until after they begin smoking.


Gas forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3


As my opponent has not made a claim or a rebuttal I believe I do not need to also.


Gas forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4


In conclusion smoking should be illegalised as it puts other people's lives at risk. How is it fair to be play Russian Roulette with other's lives including our children? It also poses not only physical but also mental health risks toward the smoker.

I would like to thank con for accepting this debate and wish them the best of luck.

If you stand against putting the lives of others at risk to second hand smoking or a person at risk due to one bad choice of smoking vote pro!


Gas forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct: Con forfeited. Arguments: Con argues that banning smoking would fail just like prohibition failed. Therefore, banning smoking would not solve the problems Pro describes, and it would only create problems. Pro has no response to this. Vortex-Blue123, hopefully this debate has been a learning experience. Pay attention to your opponent's arguments!